Adele up against Radiohead as AIM nominations announced
Published 03/08/2016 | 11:31
Adele, Radiohead and Stormzy are among artists nominated for the AIM Awards, which celebrate independent music labels and artists.
Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool takes on Brian Eno's The Ship and grime artist Skepta's Konnichiwa among the 10 acts up for the independent album of the year award.
Adele's lead single Hello from third album 25 faces Radiohead's Burn The Witch, Skepta's Man and Major Lazer's Light It Up in the track of the year category at the award ceremony in London on September 6.
A total of 47 artists are nominated across nine categories.
MOBO award winner Stormzy contends with French pop group Christine and the Queens, US folk-rock singer Father John Misty and rock band PVRIS among the artists for breakthrough of the year.
North London rock band Wolf Alice, who were nominated for best rock performance at this year's Grammy awards, compete for both best live act and the PPL award for most played new independent act.
Former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy wins the coveted outstanding contribution to music award, while Richard Russell - the owner of XL Recordings, who represent Adele, Radiohead and Damon Albarn - is handed the pioneer award.
Now in its sixth year, the awards, organised by the Association of Independent Music, honour music from outside the big three labels: Sony, Warner and Universal.
Alison Wenham, CEO of AIM, said: " Where else other than the AIM Awards would you find grime acts going head to head with hardcore punk bands and electronic producers?
"The shortlisted nominees represent a huge diversity of artist and genres, and highlight the fact that the best place to be in the music industry right now is the independent sector."
:: The AIM Independent Music Awards will be held on September 6 at The Brewery in London.